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I've been on somewhat of a writing break the past few weeks. One thing I've been pondering is the inevitable shift from unpublished to soon-to-be-published writer. The first quakes apparent to me were on Goodreads. I'm no longer only using Goodreads to track and review books I read, but I HAVE A BOOK LISTED ON GOODREADS.
(Sorry for the All Caps but I still have to pinch myself).
So what does that mean? I don't post snarky, bordering-on-mean book reviews because that's not my style. Even the books I don't like or was disappointed by, I point out what I did like, why I had an issue, etc. But being an "author" I'm worried at what I post even more. I've heard some writers say they clear all their star ratings and reviews. Or they only review books they would give 5 stars.
You can't please everyone, and I do want to be a real person, but there's a shift when you're no longer "just a reader" (I don't like that label, because all of us are more than readers--we're real people). You can't as objectively review books when your part of the publishing wave. It all becomes ... complicated. I think I need to look at it differently, but still enjoy the community sites like Goodreads offers.
So, writers, how have you progressed through this transition? Or if you use book review sites or Goodreads, how do you feel about authors being present on those sites? Rules they should follow?
I'm Stephanie Scott and I write Young Adult fiction about teens who put their passions first. My debut ALTERATIONS releases 12/6/16 by Bloomsbury Spark. I enjoy dance fitness, cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I'm represented by Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Lit. Find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA